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My Experience: Game Ranger Internship and Big 5

For the last ten weeks, wildlife enthuasiast Nicky Lawrence has spent time at our Big 5 reserve in South Africa, participating on our Game Ranger Internship (with a splash of volunteering thrown in for good measure). Check out her blog post on her experience below!

Warning, the old cliché of "the best experience of my life" applies here! I spent 10 weeks at the game reserve in South Africa and it didn't disappoint.
 
The internship itself is hard work, I cannot lie about that, its a lot of...

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2013, Real Gap Styley

2013 has been a BIG year for Team RG. We’ve upped sticks and moved to the seaside, dominated Brighton with our nights out (soz, Brights) and have been travelling around left, right and centre to control our symptoms of ‘itchy feet’ #nofungusinvolvedpromise

As we’re all obsessed with travelling here in the Real Gap office, we thought we’d work out how many countries we’ve discovered between us this year and we’ve got to admit, we’re pretty impressed. Over the last 12 months we've conquered 40...

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Christmas Down Under

Me and Becky were a bit dubious about what Christmas would be like away from our families. It's the first time either of us have been away at this time of year, so we were thinking it would be really strange and we'd miss people too much. Well, even though we did miss people, we had such a fab Christmas Day!
 
Us and the Real gap Sydney Intro gang spent the holidays together, as were all away from our families. We started out on Christmas Eve, Becky and EJ went shopping for all the food for...
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Life at Luna Park

Hey everyone, now that we've settled into working life here in Sydney. Here's a bit of an insight as to what life is like working at a theme park.

Luna park is one of the oldest running theme parks in Australia, and has closed and reopened many times. It's situated right next to the harbour bridge, which means amazing views and ample opportunities for pictures!
 
Me and Becky work in two different parts of the park. I work in the merchandising and side show team, which means I'm sometimes based...
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Getting Work in Sydney: Hints and Tips!

Hi everyone! Now we're all settled in Sydney (we've bagged ourselves a job and a flat!) - we thought we'd offer some hints and tips that we picked up whilst on the job hunt Down Under.

If you decide to go for the Paid work and Sydney Intro - which is the Real Gap trip that we are both on, then you'll get membership with the Work and Travel Company, who are there to help you find work in Australia-  even if you decide not to stay in Sydney (score!).  Your working holiday visa allows you to...

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Ultimate Year Out: RG's Sydney Intro- Part 2

Hi everyone! Have you caught up with our week 1 blog post of the Sydney Intro? If so, here's the second part to our big adventure!

Day 4 Thursday - today, we took advantage of the amazing weather and headed for our first ever visit to Bondi!! I have to say, it was pretty beautiful. They were filming Bondi Rescue at the time as well which was very exciting. We went along the costal walk where the annual sculptures by the sea festival was taking place and checked out the amazing views and...

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Ultimate Year Out: RG's Sydney Intro- Part 1

Hi! We've been getting stuck in to Aussie life on the Real Gap Sydney Intro... so here's a run down of what you get up to at the start of your week!
 
Day 1 Monday - today's the day everyone arrives. You'll be able to check into the hostel anytime after 12, so if your flight arrives before that and you get to the hostel a bit early, you can wait in reception and use the wifi to send a message to let home know you've arrived safely (always nice to have a natter too). Once you get to your room,...
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Desert Rock and Roll

Hi everyone! 
 
If you find yourself in Australia, then a trip to the red desert is definitely a must! We've just come back from a 3 day tour of Ayres Rock and surrounding areas and have to say, it was amazing!
 
We were a little dubious at first, I mean, you travel all that way to see a big rock, but we were gladly proved wrong.
 
We made are our way to Alice Springs from Melbourne, which was a short 2 hour flight and then spent the day soaking up the desert sunshine and preparing ourselves for...
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Our 'diving in Belize' project wins big at the World Responsible Tourism Awards!

Here at Real Gap, we're all obsessed with our Diving and Marine Conservation project in Belize, Central America. Now, after ten years of being in operation, the team have won an incredible award at the World Responsible Tourism awards... and we couldn't be more proud!

If you're interested in either A) learning to dive in a pretty spectacular environment or B) marine conservation then it's pretty simple- our Diving and Marine conservation project in Belize is perfect for you. Earlier this...

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Top things to do for free in Melbourne

We've loved our 'Ultimate Year Out' adventures in Melbourne, so we thought we'd give you guys a round up of the best things to do for free.
 
If you find yourself in Melbourne and are a little short of funds, then this list of freebies is perfect!
 
1. Free city circle tram - there's a tram that runs every day surrounding the CBD. It takes around 40 minutes to go round the whole circuit and it's a great way to get to know the city as there's a voice over at every stop!
 
2. Victoria market - you...
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